Mayor and Council Overview
Ken Roth, Mayor
Ken was elected Mayor of Northville in November, 2015. Prior to that he had been elected to the Northville Board of Education for 12 1/2 years. Ken is an attorney and has been a small business owner and operator.
He moved to Northville, with his wife Amy, in 1997. Ken and Amy are avid outdoor enthusiasts, cross country ski race competitively, and help organize and run South Michigan’s only Nordic ski race.
Ken is currently the City liaison for the Conference of Western Wayne, 35th District Court, the Northville/Plymouth Fire Advisory Board, and the South Oakland County Mayors’ Association. He serves on the Northville Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Northville Educational Foundation.
Allen, Mayor Pro Tem
Jim Allen was elected to City Council in November 2005. Prior to that, he was a Planning Commission member for 13 years. Jim also serves as the Planning Commission liaison, vice-chair of the Northville Parks and Recreation Commission and is chair of the Northville Liquor Licensing Review Committee.
Jim was born in Detroit, moved to Northville Township in 1974 and then, after college, to the City in 1992. He received his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University in 1989. Jim is the president of Allen Design, a land planning company. He enjoys woodworking and snowboarding.
Elected to Northville City Council in November 2007, Nancy Darga has been a resident of Northville since 1995. Nancy has served on the Northville Parks and Recreation Commission for over 10 years, served on the Design Committee of the Northville Strategic Plan, and is a board member of the Northville Historical Society. She is a founding member of the Friends of the Rouge, and also serves on the Board of Directors for Motor City National Heritage Area. She is a licensed Landscape Architect, was previously Chief of Design for Wayne County Parks for 25 years before retiring in 2003, and is President of Fortunate Land Planning and Design. She is married to Michael Darga and has two children, daughter Anna and son Alex.
Sam Ekong, Council Member
Sam Ekong, elected to the City Council in November 2013, has been a resident of Northville since 2005. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering from the University of Washington, and a Master’s degree in Industrial/ Systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Sam has over 30 years of experience in Engineering and Management, and for the past seven years has been supporting the DOD as a contractor. He currently serves as the Council’s liaison to the Economic Development Corporation, the Housing Commission, and the Senior Advisory Council. He is also a published author and a licensed builder. He is married to Lavinia who is a clinical psychologist, and has one daughter. He enjoys travelling, reading, and meeting people.
Price, Council Member
Marilyn Price, elected to City Council in November 2015, has been a
resident of Northville since 1993. She serves as Council liaison to
Northville Youth Assistance, Senior Advisory Council, Personnel
Committee, Board and Commission Selection Committee, and the Liquor
License Review Committee. Marilyn has a BS in Ed, and an MA from
Central Michigan University and an EdD in Counseling and Counselor
Education from Indiana University. Past community service includes 8
½ yrs on the Northville Board of Education, 12 yrs on Northville
Youth Assistance, and 14 yrs in Mothers’ Club of Northville.